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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published March 01, 2012

CARDIN, RUPPERSBERGER TO KICK OFF NATIONAL SALE OF COMMEMORATIVE COINS HONORING THE WAR OF 1812, STAR-SPANGLED BANNER



Gold and Silver Coins Will Be Sold to Help Fund
Bicentennial Celebration of War of 1812


On Monday, March 5, -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (both D-MD) will be joined by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes in unveiling two commemorative coins that will go on sale Monday, March 5 to help fund the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem.

Senator Cardin and Congressman Ruppersberger sponsored legislation, signed into law by President Obama in August 2010, creating the two commemorative coins. The coins will be sold by the U.S. Mint to fund programs to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore. Money from the sale of the coins will go to the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission to fund celebration activities, including “Sailabration,” June 13-19 when more than 200 Tall Ships and U.S. Navy vessels will visit Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

The War of 1812 ensured America’s continued independence from the British. After two and a half years of conflict, in which British troops burned Washington, D.C., American soldiers stopped the British as they attempted to capture Baltimore. After 25 hours of bombardment, the British failed to take Fort McHenry at the mouth of the Baltimore Harbor and were forced to retreat. Francis Scott Key immortalized the battle in a poem that was later set to music and called the Star-Spangled Banner. The Star-Spangled Banner became our National Anthem on March 3, 1931.

· WHAT: Senator Cardin, Congressman Ruppersberger, Governor O’Malley and Congressman Sarbanes join officials from the U.S. Mint to unveil two commemorative coins that will go on sale March 5 to help fund the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812

· WHEN: Monday, March 5 at 11 a.m.

· WHERE: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
 2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD